The Sabres Observer
by @DaveDavisHockey on 04/07/11 at 11:51 AM ET
Late last night, Buffalo Sabres President Ted Black sat in a conference room at HSBC Arena, flipped on the Detroit/Carolina game, ordered out for dinner and hopped on the computer for a little bit to chat online with hundreds of fans.
That “little bit” turned into three hours and nineteen minutes.
It may or may not be a record for duration of an online chat with a major pro sports team executive, but either way it still wasn’t enough time to answer the 1000+ questions posed to him by Sabres fanatics.
It started to get rather humorous after awhile, but in the process we did learn a few things:
• The Sabres at some point will be looking to retire Dominik Hasek’s #39.
• The third jersey for the Sabres will be retained for next season.
• While working as an executive in the Penguins organization, Black once participated in the intermission festivities on the ice donning a sumo-wrestling suit.
• There will be a “Slug Appreciation Day” to retire the condemned logo with a sense of humor.
• Players are not restricted from having twitter accounts.
• Hockey, in Black’s opinion, is more embedded in the culture in Buffalo than in Pittsburgh.
Click here for a replay of the entire chat.
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Dave Davis has covered the Buffalo Sabres for various NHL accredited websites and newspapers since 2003. He was the senior writer and Sabres correspondent for The Fourth Period, covered hockey for Western New York Sports and Leisure Magazine, and has had articles featured on NHL.com, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports and in New York Sportscene. Sabres news and notes can be found on his Twitter page.
Davis originally garnered media attention in 2002 as leader of a lobbying campaign working in unison with potential buyer Mark Hamister attempting to secure state financing to keep the Sabres in Buffalo. In 2004, Davis was briefly back on the airwaves - this time reaching the finals of the inaugural "WGR Rookie" sports talk competition. After a few years of "syndicating" his articles on various sites, along with doing some internet radio work, Davis now devotes his new media efforts to bringing quality Sabres related opinions and content to Kukla's Korner.
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